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Better than Oceanfront, this REALLY is ON THE BEACH!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 5,500 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 6 - 10 nights


About the property

Beach Front luxury home, private living with huge back lanai

UPDATE: The volcanic activity and hurricanes of 2018 had absolutely ZERO effect on the Kohala coast. Hale Surf's Up has absolutely beautiful clear air, clear oceans, and blue skies.

HALE SURFS UP – An amazing OCEAN FRONT LUXURY ESTATE where your vacation begins on the water's edge. This very large and open contemporary home is as close to the water as you can get on the Big Island, ON THE BEACH and under the PALM TREES.

This 4 bedroom, 4.5 baths estate on 1.34 acres, enjoys 300 feet of OCEAN FRONTAGE and sleeps 8-10 comfortably. The estate is an ideal location for family reunions, wedding parties, anniversaries, special birthdays and other celebrations. Ask us about “special events.” This estate is literally 50 feet from the ocean and from the home you enjoy 180-degree views of the ocean and Kohala Mountains. In winter months watch and admire whales and dolphins swimming nearby.

Hale Surf's Up is completely furnished for a modern contemporary lifestyle, with comfortable seating throughout. Every room has a number of original work of art. This house is designed for easy carefree living with vanishing mahogany doors, opening to magnificent ocean views and sounds to thoroughly enjoy your Hawaii vacation. The 12' mahogany doors slide away creating an oasis of indoor and outdoor living. The estate is a smart house, with Lutron lighting system, 7 large flat screen TV's in every room, along with indoor-outdoor surround sound music system.

The Gourmet Kitchen is a chef’s delight! Imagine prepping and cooking your meals on a Miele gas cooktop with views of the ocean and pool and every thing you need readily available. The kitchen was designed to take advantage of the views so you won’t miss out on anything! There is also a butler’s kitchen with plenty of pantry storage. Kitchen includes two full Subzero refrigerators with dual freezers in kitchen, and dual drawer refrigerated vegetable crisper. Dual MIELE dishwashers for fast dinner cleanup.

Hear the ocean waves wash ashore while relaxing in the huge 56’ infinity pool with nearby heated lava spa with warm sand entry. At night, light up the two large fire-bowls and four tiki torches to enjoy the tropical Hawaiian nights.

Mix a tropical drink at the circular wet bar, which includes 3 types of ice cold draft beer on tap, ice maker, refrigerator, dishwasher, and TV on the ocean side lanai. Enjoy the additional Sunset Paradise Beach bar on the private sand point with fire pit while making S’mores and listening to music.

Hale Surf’s Up guests have full access to Pauoa Beach Private Beach Club amenities as well the hotels' beautiful white-sand beaches, restaurants, spas, shops, golf, tennis.

Secluded beach coves are just outside your private beach gate where you can swim, snorkel with the turtles, boogie board, stand up paddle boards, or walk along the shore line under the palm trees. Enjoy the warm outdoor beach shower upon your return from your ocean adventure.

Hale Surf's Up is also a quick walk to 3 surf points; Peaks, Suicides, and Old Man Ritz Right.

Our staff will welcome you upon your arrival as well as assist you upon your departure. Extra services such as private chefs, housekeeping, baby-sitting and recommendations for restaurants, shopping and island activities are readily available.

Your stay includes check-in prep, a mid-week linen change with light housekeeping, and check-out cleaning. If you stay more than 8 days, linen and light housekeeping happens every 4th day. Daily house cleaning and linen change are available for an extra charge.

Pauoa Beach is an oceanfront community located between two luxurious hotels, the Fairmont Orchid and the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. The warn climate on the Kohala Coast is one of the best in the island chain...Warm and sunny with clear skies almost all days of the year.

Pauoa beach is one of the most exclusive gated enclaves in the state and offers the highest levels of amenities, along with ocean front location. Facilities at the “Pauoa Beach Club” include a large, stunning negative edge pool, lounges, umbrellas, locker rooms, massage rooms, baby pool, sauna and fitness center. Pauoa Bay, with its white sand beach and palm trees, is one of the most picturesque in Hawaii where sea life abounds. In the winter months, you may see dolphins and whales playing in the warm waters off shore.

Within the resort, about a 10 minute walk from this estate, The Shops at Mauna Lani offer a gourmet grocery market, Tommy Bahamas, Ruth Chris Steak House, Monstera Sushi and numerous coffee and smoothie cafes. Check out free cultural events at the Shops at Mauna Lani. For extra fun and convenience, consider renting an electric GEM car to get around Mauna Lani. Just do a google search for Hawaii resort carts, to find a company that will deliver a 4 or 6 seat electric GEM car to Hale Surf's Up.

Find our video on Youtube, just search for "better than oceanfront", and look for Hale Surf's Up.

*****Hawaii TA Tax# TA-012-090-5728-01*****

*****Hawaii GE Tax# GE-012-090-5728-01*****

More Details

Greg Gilliom
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2018

About Greg Gilliom

In the Owner's Words: Hale Surf's Up is one of our primary homes. We live here many months of the year. We welcome guests who will enjoy the beautiful ocean views and original modern artwork that make our home a special Hawaiian getaway.

Greg Gilliom purchased this estate in 2002

Why Greg Gilliom chose Puako

We purchased this property because it is very unique, on the point at the ocean's edge. We have 17 palm trees on the point, which gently sway in the trade winds. It is the only property with a private sandy area within the Naupaka hedge, providing much needed privacy from the public walking along the beach.

What makes this estate unique

The Sounds!! The back lanai of Hale Surf's Up is 50' from the ocean. Many homes say they are oceanfront, but they may be 1000' or more from the ocean. The soothing sounds of gentle ocean waves at Hale Surf's Up will be music to your ears. When the whales smack their tales in the winter, you hear them like they are right next door.


Puako Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Waterfall Suite Bath 4 - toilet , shower , Modern indoor shower; black stone custom vanity
    Ocean Bar powder room - toilet , Modern custom glass counter with free flow invisible sink
    Ocean Master Bath 2 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Modern glass double sinks, indoor & outdoor garden showers
    Zen Garden Suite Bath 3 - toilet , tub , outdoor shower , Soaking tub; outdoor shower; dual custom glass sinks
    Ocean Master Bath 1 - toilet , shower , Gorgeous Rainforest OUTDOOR dual showers, 2 toilets, 2 sinks
  • Modern garden sanctuaries, each with unique flavors and features to match each bedroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Ocean Master Suite 1 - 1 king , Magnificant ocean views thru 10' vanishing mahogany doors
    Ocean Master Suite 2 - 1 king , Spectacular Ocean views thru 10' vanishing mahogony doors
    Waterfall Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Lush garden views and sounds of waterfall as you go to sleep
    Zen Garden Suite 3 - 1 king , This spacious room can be set up with King or 2 twin beds
  • The two Ocean master suites are just 100' from the ocean, so you have breath taking ocean views and sounds. Guests in these rooms hear the surf every night. Both of these rooms have Westin Heavenly Cal King beds, and large bathrooms with double sinks. The Ocean suites each has their own covered lanai with 2 lounges. All bedrooms have large LCD screen TVs, attached bathrooms, contemporary art. The Garden suite can be configured with either a single King bed, or 2 separate twin beds making it perfect for young adults. The Waterfall Bedroom has a single King bed, or can be configured as a work office with desk and printer/fax. Walk-in closets.
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • Spa Whirlpool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Private chef, Catering, Concierge, Massage, and other services available upon request.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Amazing property, World’s best sunsets

  • 5 of 5

Amazing property, right on the coast. Worlds best sunsets

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for your kind comments. We are so lucky, we’ve had no impact from the recent eruptions. The Kohala side of the island is perfect, clear with gentle trade winds and calm waters.
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Directly on beach, fantastic modern house

  • 5 of 5

This is the best location on the Hawaii Coast. Beautiful, well maintained. The house manager was an excellent resource.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great house and location, well kept, great property manager and owner. Beautiful views of sunset. Very comfortable for our whole group. Well worth the expense. everyone said this was the best vacation ever!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for your wonderful response. Kathy and I agree that our beautiful house Hale Surf's Up is a special place
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Scottsdale, AZ

The Perfect Hawaii Setting

  • 5 of 5

Having rented homes across the country for vacations our criteria for a 5 star review is quite high. This property deserves every accolade and exceeds the expectations for the most seasoned traveler. Yes, its on the beach and the furnishing are of the highest quality. However, what creates its magic is the privacy it affords both within the dwelling and outside. Our stay included 2 couples and a teen. The bedrooms each afford privacy while the kitchen, great room and outside create the perfect environment for gathering. The Fairmont is truly next door but we felt removed from the hotel. Mauna Lani Resort is but a short stroll along the beach front trail. We had no issues snorkeling and enjoying the water directly in front of the property. Day trips are facilitated through easy access to the main roads and the airport is a very easy 20 minutes. Groceries, shopping and restaurants are all within a few minute drive on the resort property. Every imaginable kitchen appliance and utensil is at arms reach. We wanted for absolutely nothing. The owner is friendly and accommodating with an approach that leaves you feeling as though they truly do want to share their paradise with you. The local property manager imparts a true Aloha impression and was helpful in obtaining pre arrival provisions and assisting with recommendations.

Our one and only disappointment was that we had to leave and could not move in permanently. We will be back to this property and can not imagine staying any where else the next time we do the "Big Island"

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hermosa Beach, California

Amazing House & Property

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing property in a fantastic location. We had 2 families with 4 kids for a week. Lots of entertainment for the kids and plenty of relaxing spots for the adults. The Kona beer on tap is pretty nice as well. We would definitely recommend and hope to come back ourselves! Mahalo!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Beachfront Home with all the amenities

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location, over the top home, with all the amenities. Never wanted to leave. Landscaping and pool are simply stunning. Evening sunsets were spectacular. Owner & property manager are the best we've experienced. On their recommendation, we had a catered dinner at Hale Surf's Up, which was phenomenal. Norio's at the Orchid was an excellent dining experience as well. We thoroughly enjoyed the adjacent beach at the Fairmont Orchid (within 50 yards), the beach walkways, the Owner's Beach, the Fitness Center, the Black Sand Beach and the tide pools at the Mauna Lani. Totally relaxing venue. Too spoiled now to go back to a hotel/resort.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo nui loa for your wonderful comments about our home. This is our first year of letting guests use our beautiful beachfront home in Hawaii, and it warms our hearts to know that our guest love it as much as we do. We look forward to your next visit! Aloha Nui - Greg & Kathy
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Kona Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Beach Bar at Fairmont Orchid hotel
Nearest Golf
0.4 Miles
Francis I'i Brown Golf Course at Mauna Lani
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Brown's Beach Restaurant at Fairmont Orchid Hotel
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Pauoa Beach
Car: recommended

Volcano tours, Helicopter tours, Waterfall tours, ATV adventures, Zipline adventures, Farmer's markets, Star Tour, Visit the Observatory at the top of Mauna Kea (13,900 ft)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $1,100
Refundable Damage Deposit $5,000

$5,000 Security Deposit, returned within 10-14 days after Check-out
Daily light housekeeping

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.